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We are known to travel great lengths in search of great BBQ, so when the first Woodlands BBQ Festival was scheduled to take place at Town Green Park, we knew we had no choice but to make the hike up north.

For those who live in or near the area, the choice is simple, but for others who are giving side eye to the idea of driving almost an hour to get their hands on some que, there are a number of reasons to gas up.

The Lineup

The pitmasters and BBQ joints smoking pounds and pounds of tender and flavorful meats included Southside Market & Barbeque, Tin Roof BBQ, Blood Bros. BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, The Brisket House, Goode Company Barbeque, Spring Creek Barbeque, Tejas Chocolate, Roegels Barbecue Co., SouthernQ BBQ, Pinkerton’s Barbecue, The Pit Room, Midtown Barbeque, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, and HEB’s True Texas BBQ. If that list doesn’t get your wheels turning, then we don’t know what would. There was so much meat to enjoy we failed at getting a taste from each spot, but we gave it a valiant effort!

Harlem Road Texas BBQ

The Scene

The beautiful larger than life trees towering over and all around Town Green Park was a welcome backdrop to the festival. Hosting this festival outdoors in The Woodlands really sets this event apart from the normal “food sampling” event. Add to that the live country music and craft beer, and you have yourself a BBQ picnic on steroids!

Town Green Park

The Flow

If you have ever attended the Houston Barbecue Festival, you can get an idea of how The Woodlands BBQ Festival was managed. There were no long lines or wait times which is a huge plus (and this was the case even after the VIP early entry was over). The pace was relaxed, there was plenty of room to move about, you had an opportunity to meet the pitmasters and even ask a question or two about their BBQ, there were plenty of tables to enjoy your tray of delicious meats, and there were even hand-washing stations placed down the middle of the park. We are certain we can thank Michael Fulmer and J.C. Reid (the founders of the Houston Barbecue Festival) who consulted on this event for much of the festival’s success.

Beef Rib from Midtown Barbeque

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the festival this year and can’t wait for the next go round. Proceeds from the festival benefited the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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